Texas Tech University

Graduate English Society



The purpose of the Graduate English Society is to promote professionalism, collegiality, and collaboration within our department to provide an added dimension and resource to the graduate experience. All graduate students in the Department of English are welcome and encouraged to join. While each domain of the graduate program offers students membership to specific organizations salient to his or her concentration, the GES affords participants the opportunity to network and collaborate across those domains. Through participation in this organization, students will gain resources, build relationships, and develop professionally.

Statement of Purpose

The Graduate English Society (GES) at Texas Tech University is a student organization dedicated to providing opportunities for English graduate students to participate in the Texas Tech University academic community. Membership is free of charge. Each year, the GES Conference showcases presentations and papers of English graduate students. We encourage all GES members to share their research at this conference. The GES also serves to facilitate communication between English graduate students and faculty in an effort to promote intradepartmental camaraderie and disclosure. In addition to these benefits, GES members are frequently appointed to serve on departmental committees and advocate student interests.

2016 Marathon Reading

GES, together with Sigma Tau Delta, hosted a marathon reading of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, with proceeds going to Literacy Lubbock. 

On April 1-2, the GES hosted a Marathon Reading event to benefit Literacy Lubbock, the GES, and Sigma Tau Delta. The event raised over $1100 in total. Here, Kerry Manzo, incoming president, presents Lynda Dutton, Executive Director of Literacy Lubbock, with a check for $580.

GES president Kerry Manzo presents Literacy Lubbock Executive Director with donation check.

Meeting Information

Agendas, Times, and Locations

Fall Meet-and-Greet Luncheon

  • Thursday, 15 September 2016

General Meetings

  • To be determined

Meeting Minutes


President: Kerry Manzo

Vice President: Leah Heilig

Treasurer: Luke Morgan

Secretary: Kate Simonian

Grant Writer: Brandy Bippes

Reading Groups and Series

Reading Groups

Group Meeting Times Location
Queer Theory Reading Group 6PM - Every other Thursday Gatsby's
Ecocriticism Reading Group 6PM - Second Wednesday, Monthly Host and Toast
Medieval Reading Group 9AM - Second Tuesday, Monthly J&B's Coffee

Reading Series

September 24 | Katie Cortese

October 1 | David Trinidad

October 8 | David Tomas Martinez

October 15 | Aviya Kushner

October 29 | Merritt Tierce

November 5 | Curtis Bauer and Kurt Caswell

February 4 | Diane McWhorter

February 11 | Todd Boss


April 14 | William Wenthe

April 28 | Dennis Covington

May 5 | Mara Nasell

Achievements and Defenses


  • Congratulations to Chloe Honum, a PhD student in creative writing, whose collection The Tulip-Flame has been named a finalist in Poetry in the 2015 PEN CENTER USA Literary Awards, one of the most prestigious honors in American letters.
  • Congratulations to Scott Morris whose nonfiction piece "My Library" has been selected for publication in the Superstition Review.
  • Congratulations to Joya Mannan, third-year Ph.D. student in Literature, for winning the Texas Tech Alumni Association's Student Leadership Award. Joya has contributed greatly as both a participant and leader in the GES, the Book History Club, the Letterpress Studio, and Digital Humanities initiatives.


  • Rebecca Gayle Howell, Dissertation Defense
    On behalf of the graduate program in English, it is hereby announced that Rebecca Gayle Howell is scheduled to defend her doctoral dissertation, "Must be the Devil: Poems" on Monday, October 19 at 12 pm in Room 201 of the English-Philosophy Building.  The defense is scheduled to last approximately two hours. A dissertation defense is a public event, and all are welcome to attend.
  • Ashlynn Reynolds-Dyk, Dissertation Defense
    Please join us for the dissertation defense of Ashlynn Reynolds-Dyk on Wednesday, September 30th at 10 am in English building 201. Ashlynn's dissertation is entitled: “Is this normal? Why are you staring? Real freak shows run over at the intersection: A multimodal approach to rhetorical analysis of disability and reality television.” Ashlynn's dissertation committee is: Dr. Sean Zdenek, Dr. Ken Baake, and Dr. Amy Koerber. The dissertation defense is a public event and all are welcome and encouraged to attend. A dissertation defense is a public event, and all are welcome to attend.